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Dec 5, 2012 5:30pm PST
-called fiscal cliff means a tax hike for just about everybody who does have a job. but today, treasury secretary timothy geithner said the president is absolutely willing to go off the cliff unless republicans agree to raise tax rates. >> there's no prospect for an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest americans. remember, it's only 2%. >> reporter: and on that, no progress. >> where are the specifics? where are the discussions? nothing is going on. >> reporter: there have been no real talks between the white house and republicans for a week. but late today, diane, one possible sign of progress. the president and the speaker of the house spoke via telephone. neither side would give any details about what was said, but the stock market closed higher today with traders, at least, apparently optimistic that a deal will be reached. >> one phone call can do that. okay, thank you, jonathan karl. >>> and now, we head overseas to cairo. another day of bloodshed and chaos there. battles erupting in the streets. look there, outside the presidential p
ABC
Dec 4, 2012 5:30pm PST
going over the fiscal cliff is raising tax rates on the wealthiest americans. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up, and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: if republicans agree to do that, the president told bloomberg television, he'll agree to serious spending cuts. republicans have offered to raise taxes on higher incomes by $800 billion, not by raising tax rates, but by eliminating some deductions and loopholes. during last year's budget showdown, the president said he wanted to do exactly that. >> what we said was give us $1.2 trillion in additional revenues, which could be accomplished without hiking tax rates, but could simply be accomplished by eliminating loopholes, eliminating some deductions and engaging in a tax reform process that could have lowered rates generally while broadening the base. >> reporter: but now the president does not. he says it will not raise enough revenue. >> it's not me being stubborn. it's not me being partisan. it's just a matter of math. >> reporter: amidst all this disagreement, one area where
ABC
Dec 13, 2012 7:00am PST
, thanks very much. >>> let's get the latest, now, on that fiscal cliff. just 19 days before everyone's taxes go up. every federal program is cut. and there's no signs of any progress from president obama and house speaker john boehner, which is raising the tension on capitol hill. abc's jonathan karl is there. and both sides are giving up hope of solving this by christmas. >> reporter: that's right. in fact, speaker boehner and republican leaders have warned rank and file republicans that they should be prepared to be here in washington, through christmas, and until the new year. the two sides don't even agree on what's holding everything up. the white house says that everything could be resolved quickly if republicans just agreed to raise tax rates on the wealthy. republicans say what's really the problem here is the white house won't get serious about spending cuts. >> everyone waiting on those two men. meanwhile, one of the side casualties may be that funding for the victims of hurricane sandy. >> reporter: that's right. i do not think that hurricane sandy funding, the $60 billion request fr
ABC
Dec 6, 2012 1:40am PST
over avoiding the fiscal cliff. new polling suggests support for president obama's position in the standoff with congressional republicans. >> the new associated press poll finds 48% of americans want tax cuts for wealthy to expire. and it says more people want to cut government services than raise taxes to reduce the federal deficit. >> now, if the nation goes over the cliff at the end of the year, it's going to affect everyone, including the unemployed, as abc's jonathan karl reports. >> reporter: melinda vega has been put on notice. if congress and the president don't get their act together, her unemployment checks will stop immediately at the end of the year. >> we're dependent on that money to pay our bills. >> reporter: she's been without a job for a year. her $450 a week unemployment check her life line. >> we won't be able to pay some of our bills and, i mean, you know, that's for christmas and things of that nature, probably off the table. >> reporter: she is not alone. without a deal, unemployment compensation will end for more than 2 million people out of work more than 26 weeks. many of the unemployed started receiving the news this week from prerecorded phone calls like this on
ABC
Dec 5, 2012 7:00am PST
the showdown in d.c. on our taxes and that fast-approaching fiscal cliff. president obama has rejected the latest republican offer. he's taking a very hard line in the talks. >>> there's growing outage here in new york city over a front-page photo from "the new york post" yesterday. this man has just fallen down on the tracks. is just seconds away from a subway train hitting and killing him. many people upset why the photographer was taking the picture and not helping the man. this morning, he's talking out, justifying why he took the photo. and why so many other folks were running away. there's nobody there trying to help him off the tracks. >> he says he was trying to help. we're going to get into that. >>> also, you guys over there took advantage of the spring weather yesterday. >> yes, we did. we needed a walk. but more importantly, we needed to see our old pal, robin. we got to walk through the riverside park, as the sun was setting on a beautiful day in manhattan. it's always the case. she's always the -- >> she looks fantastic. >> she is the best medicine for us. it was amazing.
ABC
Dec 6, 2012 4:00am PST
step further, saying that the president would allow the nation to go over the fiscal cliff at the end of the year, if republicans don't agree to raise taxes on the wealthy. >>> and maybe abraham lincoln can help the fiscal cliff negotiations. harry reid believes so. the senate will get inspiration when reid hosts a clescreening the spielberg movie. >> whatever helps to get things moving, right? >>> hundreds of same-sex couples in washington state lined up overnight to get a marriage license now that they can legally wed. the county clerk's office in seattle opened at midnight to accommodate couples eager to make history. there's another historic first in washington overnight. it is now legal to buy and possess pot. the law, though, bans public use of marijuana, like drinking in public. and it's against the wall to sell pot. the state is trying to work out a system to license growers. >>> and with that, we'll take a look -- >> you can't buy it or sell it. >> time, now, for the weather across the country. showers from portland to seattle. up to eight inches of snow in the northern cascades and rockies. mild in the nation's midsection. pop-up s
ABC
Dec 8, 2012 7:00am PST
. >> thank you, dan. >>> this morning marks 24 days before the country goes over the fiscal cliff, where everyone's taxes automatically go up and deep spending cuts kick in. president obama is taking aim at republicans, accusing them of blocking a bill that would prevent tax rates from going up for the middle class. republicans are firing back, saying raising tax rates for anyone, including top earners, would jeopardize the economy. fiscal cliff negotiations are now in the hands of just two people, president obama and house speaker john boehner. abc's david kerley joins us live with the latest. david, we have a positive jobs report. better than expected. consumer confidence plummeted. a lot of people attributing that to the gridlock in washington. >> reporter: they're using the jobs report right now, the obama administration. a little more fuel. and we are talking about two men now. it comes down to these two guys and a lot of jobs on the line. possible hiring freezes, furloughs if we go over the cliff. federal agencies now working on reports for the white house, of the cuts they will make if we do actually go over th
ABC
Dec 9, 2012 5:30pm PST
inch to the fiscal cliff. not only are your taxes in the balance, so are americans' 401(k)s. and today, a holiday bonus, gas prices. we bring in bianna golodryga. the anchor of weekend "gma." you look at gas prices. on a pace to set a record. >> the average american household is expected to spend $4,000 a year on gasoline alone. remember, earlier this year, we saw gas prices at 3.92 a gallon back in april in the summertime. some places in the country, $5 a gallon. today, take a look at this, $3.35 and by christmas time, estimates say we will see $3.20 a gal don. a lot has to do with post sandy. the supply is back up and the hope is that consumers will take the money and spend it shopping. >> that is the hope. and jobs number, better than expected. unemployment now to 7.7%. and bianna, people watching tonight, where are the jobs? >> that is the question. we did some digging and here is what we found. not a surprise. retail up, 53,000 up in, and professional, hospitality and restaurants. hotels and 23,000 and health care up 20,000. these are good numbers. and will it continue? they are n
ABC
Dec 12, 2012 4:00am PST
. >>> welcome back, everyone. add retailers to those worried about the fiscal cliff. a walmart survey says customers know about the impending tax increases and spending cuts. and some are cutting back on their spending for the holidays. most retailers depend on this month's sales for their success. and poor results could be disastrous for them. >>> and bank of america customers aren't happy, either. the nation's second-largest bank had its lowest satisfaction score in 11 years. the worst for any major bank, in fact. it's the only one with a grade lower than before the recession. at the other end of the spectrum, though, is jpmorgan chase, whose satisfaction score was up 6%. >>> and 2012 was on track for a record gun sales ahead of last year. the fbi has run 350,000 more of its instant background checks than in all of last year. abc news expects almost 2 million more gun checks just this month. >>> and call it easy bake backlash. a new jersey girl's campaign to make the toy more gender-neutral appears successful. 13-year-old mckenna pope says the easy bake oven should be made in colors other than pink and purple, to appeal to boys like he
ABC
Dec 8, 2012 6:00am PST
fiscal cliff deadline. house speaker john boehner said no progress was made yesterday. the main sticking point is still about tax cuts that are set to expire. also the president's demand that wealthy pay more. the uncertainty of what will happen is starting to have an impact on charities. abc7 news reporter tells us donations are down. >>> the food pantry at the saint anthony foundation in san francisco is in good shape but overall donations are down for the year >> we are a little behind where we would like to be or budgeted to be. >> the director said the charity has seen interesting trends this holiday season that may have to do with the impending fiscal cliff >> we are seeing people who have never given us a stock donation before stepping up and making that kind of gift to us. >> they could be concerned that the tax deductions for charitable giving would be cut next year, saving the government money. private wealth advisor said it can make sense to get more bang for your donation buck. that would help charities this year, but people may be less generous in years to come. >> people who would like to donate, some h
ABC
Dec 7, 2012 11:00pm PST
minus 24 days and counting until the fiscal cliff deadline. no progress was made in washington. the main sticking point are about tax cuts that are set to expire and the president's demand that the wealthy pay more in taxes. the uncertainty of what is going to happen is starting to have an impact on donations to charity. abc7 news reporter ama dates dates is live in the newsroom. >> it is possible the tax deduction for charitable giving could be capped next year. so the question is do you hold on to your money during the financial uncertainty or donate more while you know you will get a deduction. for one charity in san francisco it seems people are doing a little of both. the food pantry at the st. anthony foundation is in good shape today, but overall donations are down for the year. >> we are a little bit behind where we would like to be, where we are budgeted to be. >> the interim executive director says the charity is seeing interesting trends this holiday season that may have to do with the impending fiscal cliff. >> we are seeing people who have never given us a stock donation before stepping up and making that ki
ABC
Dec 8, 2012 1:05am PST
interesting trends this holiday season that may have to do with the impending fiscal cliff. >> we are seeing people who have never given us a stock donation before stepping up and making that kind of gift to us. >> they could be concerned that the tax deduction for chair writ believe a giving would be cut saving the government money. private wealth advisor says it can make sense to get more bang for your donation buck. it would help charities this year, but people may be less generous in years to come. >> people who would like to donate some this year and potentially some next year may try to double up and donate more this year. >> but the uncertain financial future is also causing fear. >> and many people are afraid to make any move, so then there is paralysis because if you don't know what is coming and you try to stay as liquid as you can. we try to hold on to what we have. you are not as willing to donate or spend in general. >> st. anthony's is seeing this as well. >> some of the people who traditionally have given us end of year stock donations. we are seeing about half of those coming through. joy st. anthony's -- >> st. anthony's is optimistic their donors will come through. >> it is thr is a real sense of compassion. >> and he he sa
ABC
Dec 10, 2012 5:00pm PST
rich pay more taxes. he wants a deal to avert so the called fiscal cliff. some of the supporters were holding rallies across the country today. this drew about 50 people or so. however, they don't want to give up cuts for social cuts. >> i think it's important to recognize we can put revenue on the table. there are areas we know where we can have some significant place autos several republicans joined democrats today to point to one area that will be targeted or should be, defense spending. today, 11 republicans called on the president to chop $550 billion from the defense budget. >> if the country goes over that fiscal cliff, california has an awful lot to loose. more than other states, in fact. >> washington is sounding like sacramento these days waiting until the last minute to reach a deal, a trigger cuts if one isn't reached. as washington waits to come up with a deficit reduction, it's becoming clear california has a lot at stake if the fiscal cliff isn't averted. the state could lose $4.5 billion in federal funds. the legislative analyst office estimates the budget may shrink b
ABC
Dec 11, 2012 4:00am PST
immediate concerns, the fiscal cliff is one day closer, with a stalemate over heading off huge tax increases and deep spending cuts at the start of the new year. president obama and house speaker john boehner are keeping tight-lipped about those talks. in michigan on monday, the president warned going over the fiscal cliff will cost jobs and send the country in a downward spiral. >>> colorado is now the second state after washington in which marijuana is now legal. that became the law yesterday, when the governor put a voter-approved amendment into the state's constitution. the implementation of the law will be worked out by a special task force. in a statement, the u.s. attorney noted that pot remains illegal, though, under federal law. >>> well, family and friends are remembering that navy s.e.a.l. who gave his life to rescue an american doctor in afghanistan. abc's senior foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz has more on the life of this fallen warrior. >> reporter: nicolas checque was just 28 years old. but for much of the last decade he had been a navy s.e.a.l. the last five year
ABC
Dec 12, 2012 4:00pm PST
tax revenues to avoid the so called fiscal cliff. time is running out now for both parties to reach a compromise. we have the latest. >> the deadline to avoid the fiscal cliff is december 316789 lawmakers have less time if they want get something together that congress can pass and the president can sign. >> the longer the white house road blocks this discussion, closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff. >> in an interview, the president was optimistic a deal can be reached. >> i'm confident republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to try to protect tax cuts for high income individuals. >> monday night, white house sent speaker boehner on offer including $1.2 trillion in new revenue. yesterday, boehner sent a counter proposal back but looked almost exactly like their original plan. $800 in new revenue continues to be the sticking point. tax rates on the top earners. republicans insist the white house gives them specifics on the cuts the president is willing to make. yesterday spokesman brought out a copy of the budget, evidence they've done that already. >> this is n
ABC
Dec 11, 2012 5:00am PST
apparently major injuries involved. >>> 5:26. you've heard of fiscal cliff. have you heard about the apple tax. u.s. households spent $444 on apple products last year up from $155 years ago. story from reuters calls it the apple tax. median american income over $50,000 a year, which means $444 is a big chunk to wind up in the cupertino coffers of apple. unlike other taxes this is voluntary. >>> one family's tragedy inspires another's goodwill. now the two are united in promoting organ donations. 18-year-old alfonso garcia was given days toly two years ago when his -- two years ago. the two families are honoring george by decorating and writing a quote in this year's tournament of roses parade. >> i hold them in such a high place he's my hero and will always be my hero. i do this for his parents. >> it makes me want to do more as i have climbed out of my grief. >> parade float feature the likeness of george becker and other organ donors to promote transplant programs throughout california. >>> uc berkeley stirs up new controversy can scholarship fun for undocumented students. -- fund for undocumente
ABC
Dec 11, 2012 1:40am PST
the white house last week is still the gop's position in the fiscal cliff talks. that plan offers a total of $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade, including $800 billion in new tax revenue, but no increases on the top 2% of taxpayers. that's where the stalemate seems to be centered. president obama insists taxes on the wealthy must go up. >> but when they start making a million or 10 million or 20 million, you can afford to pay a little more. >> reporter: several republicans indicated that's a concession they're willing to make. >> will i accept a tax increase as a part of a deal to actually solve our problems? yes. >> reporter: if nothing is done by january 1, income taxes will go up on almost all americans. >> there are no meetings scheduled this week between the president and house speaker john boehner. rob and paula, back to you. >>> the navy s.e.a.l. who died in that mission to rescue a kidnapped american doctor has been identified. nicholas checque was just 28 years old, but for the much of the last decade he had been part of navy s.e.a.l. team 6. the decision to rescue dr. joseph came from the top commander. >> the race was on. they knew if they couldn't get him
ABC
Dec 7, 2012 6:00pm PST
. >> and just 24 days remain until the deadline for-to-avoid the fiscal cliff and both sides are playing hard ball. issue taxes and revenues. bush era tax cuts expire the first of the year. democrats want tochl tend them to the middle class but not the wealthy. republicans appeared to signal their willing to discuss increasing revenues but not necessarily by taxing the rich. >> there are a lot of things possible to put this on the table. none of us are going to be impossible. the president insists on this position. insisting on my way in the highway. >> democratsç& responded saying it doesn't work without raising tax autos because republicans are holding the tax cuts as they have all along, hostage to tax cuts for the wealthy. >> economists say the uncertainty about gaining steam dead in its track autos a jobs report balances out phone shall of going over that fiscal cliff this, is adding2÷, 136,000 people added to payrolls and national unemployment rate fell to 7.7%. the dow chimed 81 points. nasdaq went the opposite direction because the stock has been in free fall lately. dropping another $14 a share today,
ABC
Dec 8, 2012 5:00am PST
days ahead of the fiscal cliff deadline. house speaker john boehner said no progress was made yesterday. the main sticking point is still about tax cuts that are set to expire. also the president's demand that wealthy pay more. the uncertainty of what will happen is starting to have an impact on charities. donations of down. >>> the food pantry at the saint anthony foundation in san francisco is in good shape but overall donations are down for the year >> we are a little behind where we would like to be or budgeted to be. >> the director said the charity has seen interesting trends this holiday season that may have to do with the impending fiscal cliff >> we are seeing people who have never given us a stock donation before stepping up and making that kind of gift to us. >> they could be concerned that the tax deductions for charitable giving would be cut next year, saving the government money. private wealth advisor said it can make sense to get nor bang for your donation buck. that would help charities this year but people may be less generous in years to come. >> people who would like to donate, some had this year and potentially so
ABC
Dec 8, 2012 8:00am PST
this holiday season that may have to do with the impending fiscal cliff. >> we're seeing people who have never given us a donation before stepping up and making that kind of gift to us. >> reporter: they could be concerned that the tax deduction for charitable giving would be cut next year saving the government money. george says it can make sense to get more bang for your buck. that would help charities this year but people may be less generous in years to come. >> people who would like to donate some this year and potentially some next year may try to double up and donate more this year. >> reporter: but the uncertain future is causing fear. >> many people are afraid to make any move so there is patrol system because you don't know what is coming -- paralysis you try to hold on what you have and not as willing to donate or spend in general. >> reporter: st. anthony's is seeing this, as well. >> some of the people have given us end of the year stock donations, we're seeing about half of those coming through. >> reporter: they are optimistic the donors will come through by the new year. >> their donations come out of their heart. >> very wealthy people may donate but some people want to help and tax zuax bonus. >> coming up n
ABC
Dec 13, 2012 4:00am PST
progress on talks to avoid the fiscal cliff. house speaker john boehner says serious differences remain between him and president obama, over raising taxes and cutting spending. 14 and a fascinating historical note. ahead of mr. obama's second public inauguration, by the time it's over on january 21st, the president will have tied fdr because he'll have been sworn in four times. mr. obama will take a private oath on sunday, january 20th, as required by the constitution. the very next day, he will take it publicly. the president also took two oaths in 2009, after a flub by chief justice john roberts. >> a lot of swearing. >> yes. >> two terms, four swearing. not four terms. >>> and south korea says the satellite north korea launched is orbiting the earth normally. but whether it's functioning properly, that's another question. yesterday's launch has drawn international condemnation. the u.s. and its allies are pushing for stronger sanctions. but china, north korea's biggest supporter says, a moderation is needed to avoid further escalation. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton can expect some pretty tough questions about the deadly septembe
ABC
Dec 10, 2012 5:30pm PST
so concerned about the looming fiscal cliff, he's taking his money as a lump sum, in case those higher taxes arrive next year. >>> and coming up now, a snapshot we could not resist. and so many of you tweeted it to me today. thank you very much. it's one very stylish little monkey in a winter coat, wandering through an ikea store in toronto. he started out in the parking lot after escaping his cage. a woman who spotted him said she thought she was going insane. then, the staff gently lured the monkey into the store, where it was captured and the owners have been found, fined and have some explaining to do. >>> and, now, we turn to that video, the amazing swimming wonder twins. they are only 9 months old, too young to walk or talk, but look what ellie and william trykush can do in the water. they can already swim the entire length of a 25-foot pool, by themselves. the two of them were only 4 months old when they mother, a swim instructor, introduced them to the pool and noticed that they were not afraid to swim under water. and naturally knew how to hold their breath. the proof of happiness in their
ABC
Dec 7, 2012 7:00am PST
latest on the fiscal cliff, just 25 days before everyone's taxes go up and every government program is cut. there were some baby steps yesterday. both sides got together for the first staff-level talks in a week. and jon karl is covering the countdown from capitol hill. jon, they're trying to keep a close hold on these talks. but you learned that the meeting did not go all that well. >> reporter: that's right, george. first, it was a significant step forward that they actually met. i mean, astounding. this was a week without talks. but yesterday, you did have top aides to the president, top aides to the speaker of the house, come together. but i am told by people familiar with the meeting, that it ended with the two sides just as far apart as they were before the meeting. the white house said there will be absolutely no deal until republicans agree to raise rates and give an indefinite right to borrow money. lifting the debt ceiling. republicans said no way on both counts, unless they get bigger concessions than what the white house has offered on spending. so it seems still a stale
ABC
Dec 6, 2012 6:00am PST
his case for avoiding the fiscal cliff, a northern virginia couple to highlight his push for extending current tax rates for everyone but the top 2%. new associated press poll shows there is clear support for mr. obama's plan in the poll 48% want the tax cuts on incomes exceeding quarter million dollars a year to expire in january while continuing them for everyone else. 32% want to renew the tax cuts for everyone. findings seem to strengthen the president's hand in his negotiations >> recall alert for parents from 7 on your side. government is taking action against makers of nap nanny, a portable baby recliner, after five infanned -- five infant deaths. the nap nanny poses risk of injury and death to infants. the commission says it is a dangerous product with a faulty sign. coming up on "good morning america" at 7:00, why the makers are refusing to pull its product. >>> this afternoon cal will hold a news conference to introduce the bear's new coach, sonny dykes has hired yesterday to rebill the program he leaves louisiana tech after three seasons. this year -- his bulldogs led the nation in scoring. h
ABC
Dec 9, 2012 6:00pm PST
discuss the impending fiscal cliff. they're trying to find a deficit cutting deal to stop a combination of tax increases and spending cut to kick in. some government agencies are making contingency plans. here's that part of the story. >> preparing for the holidays is a reminder of something else just around the kosher, a -- corner, fiscal cliff deadline that is permanent here. >> i can't imagine funding being cut. it would be tragic. >> she is worried mandatory budget cuts would hurt food safety inspection. >> he was in the hospital for three weeks. >> she and her babies got poisoning from meat she ate while pregnancy. the cdc says contaminated food sickens 38,000 people a year, 3,000 people die. so the fda are charged with protecting the food supply. an 8.2% budget cut translates to a combined $157 million. >> there's no word exactly what cuts would mean to inspector staffing. >> both the fda and usda-already stretched thin when it comes to inspection activities. they need increased resources, not fewer resources. >> agencies all say they're stretched. >> he is with freedom works and that's the cuts l
ABC
Dec 11, 2012 11:35pm PST
striking a deal to avoid the january 1st fiscal cliff, but he stressed the clock is ticking. prediction, are you going to be able to raise taxes? yes or no. >> taxes are going to go up one way or the other. i think the key is to make sure taxes go up on high end individuals, like you and me, barbara. we can afford it. and make sure the middle class families don't see their taxes go up. >> my full interview with president obama and the first lady, who were charming and funny together, will air friday, on both "20/20" and later on "nightline." it's been a busy week for me, because tomorrow night, i will have my 19th edition of the most fascinating people. we have a terrific list. we keep number one a secret, but here are a few who did make the grade in 2012. ♪ baby you light up my world like nobody else ♪ >> my first choice wasn't a tough one it was fascinating that two years ago, they didn't even know each other. now this incredible boy band going just one direction, up. they are an overnight sensation, taking the world by storm and making young girls everywhere swoon. if you had to describe this past year in one word, what woul
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Dec 4, 2012 4:00pm PST
cliff. the plan being put forward is now coming under fire from within his own party. president obama says there will be no deal unless republicans drop opposition to raising taxes on wealthyest americans. we have more now from washington, d.c.. >> was the white house and congressional republicans put forward a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff, now, they're miles apart, gaining in their heels. the president told bloomberg tv a deal is possible, but... >> this proposal now is still out of balance. >> the plan sent yesterday offers a total of 2 tth $2 trillion in deficit reduction including $1.2 trillion in spending cuts. and00 billion in new tax revenue no. rate increases in top two percent of taxpayers. that is nonnegotiatable for the president. >> we're not going to be able to get a deal without it white house says the math doesn't add up. >> it's magic beebs and fairy dust. >> with just 28 days until deadline, negotiations reach aid stalemate. >> there is nothing going on privately that is not going on publicly. >> there are no plans at this time for leaders to meet with the president at the while the house. it doesn't sound like he's sending out invitations any ty
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Dec 10, 2012 3:00am PST
new attempt to keep the country from plunging over the fiscal cliff. >> with time running out there are signs of possible progress in the attempt to head off a massive tax increase. it is monday, december 10th. >>> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good monday morning. i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. >> i'm john muller, rob nelson has the morning off. we're going to find out what the president and house speaker boehner are saying after a face-to-face meeting over the fiscal cliff. >>> also this half hour, hopes and prayers for nelson mandela. the human rights hero is in a south africa hospital this morning. >>> also coming up, new hope in the fight against alzheimer's disease, experimental surgery to implant a kind of pacemaker for the brain is showing early success. >> an interesting one. >> yes. >>> later, daytime smack down, wendy williams lets loose with some harsh words about beyonce. what the talk show host is saying about the singer coming up in "the skinny." >> that's never going to go well. talking badly about beyonce. a bad move. >> going after beyonce is a tough one. >>> new signs of progress in efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff after a
ABC
Dec 5, 2012 4:00am PST
avoid the fiscal cliff. >> unfortunately the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. >> reporter: the speaker's plan would raise $800 billion in tax revenue. but does so without raising tax rates for top income earners. the president says that's unacceptable. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: republicans, like rising star senator marco rubio, say raising taxes on the wealthy is the wrong approach. >> the tax increases he wants would fail to make even a small dent in the debt. it would hurt middle-class businesses and the people who work for them. >> reporter: so, that's the major holdup, taxes. republicans and democrats deeply divided. >> there's nothing going on privately that's not going on public. >> reporter: amidst the political posturing, there may actually be a chance for compromise on medicare. president obama says he's open to raising the age when seniors can start receiving benefits, from 65 to 67. according to one study, that would save almost $6 billion a year. president obama travels, today, to the business roundtable, where he'll
ABC
Dec 9, 2012 9:00am PST
talks on capitol hill to try to keep the country from plunge over a fiscal cliff come the first of the year. that's what major program cuts and tax hikes on all americans would automatically kick in unless there's a deal. >> everybody in this country will have to participate in some discomfort if we are to going to get out of this. and longs we continue to lie to the american people that you can solve this problem without adjusting and working on those programs, it is dishonest beneath anybody in washington. >> but right now the only thing i hear, the only thing we see is middle class families being asked over and over again to be the ones who have the burden in solving this problem and we are saying no. >> so you see those congressional members debating this morning on abc this week with george stephanopoulos. so far both parties have held a lot of news conferences to posture their talks but george stephanopoulos said there's been less than one hour of serious negotiating. lisa argen is here with a preview of the accuweather forecast. not looking too serious out there. >> no. it's calm. emeryville, very quiet, 53 degrees. 54 at sfo an
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Dec 12, 2012 5:00am PST
avert that fiscal cliff. he spoke with boehner by phone again yesterday about preventing an income tax increase on middle class families while finding ways to reduce the deficit. economists say if the deadline passes without a deal the tax cuts could be repealed. new poll shows the president holding a substantial advantage over boehner handling the budget negotiations. 49% approve of mr. obama's handling of the talks, 25% support boehner. >>> 49ers fans who attend games at the new facility can expect a state-of-the-art stadium the team has announced a deal with sonny to pack the site with game-changing technology. fans will watch replays on l.e.d. monitors, 2500 throughout the facility offering resolution four times higher than standard hd, no need for a monitor in the back of every seat. you can use your cell phone to order food and have it delivered to your seat. >>> developer of two san francisco residental projects secured millions in funding to move forward. bloomberg is reporting one of the largest u.s. home builders has lined up 1.7 billion dollar loan from china development bank. plans
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Dec 10, 2012 7:00am PST
difficult it became to find them. >>> we turn now to the fiscal cliff. just 22 days before everyone's taxes go up, every government program is cut. there's a bit of hope that a deal to avoid the consequences could be coming, sparked by the first meeting in weeks between the president and john boehner. jake, what do we know about the meeting? >> reporter: they spoke on the phone on friday and set up a meeting for yesterday. speaker boehner did come here. and though i don't think there's any reason to believe we're really close to a deal, progress has been made, though one side of the talks staaid that that progress is fragile. >> we're getting close to the point, really, by tend of the week, if they're not a lot closer, it might be too hard to do by the end of the year. >> there could be a quick fix solution. republicans agree to keep the tax cuts in place for the 98% of the country. avoid tax cuts for a few month, go take winter break. that would not be a long-term solution but would avert the fiscal cliff. >> hillary clinton's future, talking about her for 2016, are we any closer, is the pres
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Dec 4, 2012 6:00pm PST
that so called fiscal cliff and talks between democrats and republicans in washington have stalled. january 1 bush era tax cuts cuts affecting defense and social spending. house republicans offered a plan including $800 billion in revenue. the president says it's not good enough. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up z we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. it's not:hlj partisan. >> the plan is also not popular with some republicans. opular with some republicans. conceding that the federal government needs more money negotiating with ourselves and treating the proposal like it's serious. >> there is one area that may have found common ground. raising the age when seniors can receive some medicare. >> an eight day strike by shippingl2?sq)ks. both sides agreed to mediation. lines being7kuñ honored by 10,0 long shore men. the strike against 14 shipping lines is costing the u.s. economy $1 bi=es; a day in lost trade. the union jobs claims jobs being shipped overseas. the port says it's offering clerks lifetime job security. >> let's go to job security. state lawmakers decidi
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Dec 10, 2012 6:00pm PST
forth over the fiscal cliff. i called several today who said they'd just as soon not go public and they're reorganizing after what they'd call a disappointing election. >> there is a settlement in the lawsuit file bid a new york city hotel housekeeper against the former head of the international monetary fund. she accused dominic strauss-kahn of sexual assaulting her inside of his suite. she was seeking unspecified damages. he claims the sex was consensual. terms were not announced. >> i think all over the world, i say that i can't work. ask god bless you all. thank you very much. >> a jury indicted strauss-kahn but. >> a plan to motivate girls around the world enroll in school was launched by the united states and -- united nations and pakistan named by a 15-year-old shot by the taliban.z>o another fund recreated with the help of silicon valley its right. my favorite quote is education is our basic right. those words have inspired a lot of people to help educate girls around the world. there are two funds, like you said, set up to help achieve that goal. a private fund has roots h
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Dec 5, 2012 1:40am PST
. the fight over taxes and political power in washington as the fiscal cliff looms and fears of a recession close in. >> the latest negotiations and nasty exchanges in a battle over everyone's money. it is wednesday, december 5th. >> announcer: from abc new, this is "world news now." >>> good hump day, everybody. wednesday morning. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. >>> we're going to update you on the big fiscal fight in our top story from washington. and from one capital to another, the political uproar in egypt. how cairo police are taking action as thousand of protesters hit streets in outrage. an all-too-familiar scene. >> most protesters say it seems like they traded one dictator for another. >> for another. >>> hard to believe it is. they're part of a growing group of so-called preppers getting ready, as you can see, for the very, very worst. normal everyday folks getting ready for the end of time. >> completely normal. wow. >>> later this half hour, the upcoming movie from "lord of the rings" series and why some fans who have already seen it say the film made them sic
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Dec 6, 2012 7:00am PST
cliff. just 26 days before everyone's taxes go up and programs get cut. jon karl is following it all. a small breakthrough yesterday, president obama and house speaker john boehner got on the phone. >> reporter: that may not sound like much, george. but it's the first time the two men have spoken in a week. and what may be the most significant sign of progress, neither side talked about what was said on the call, an indication they may be serious about negotiating in private. >> we're starting to see some republicans concede that tax rates on the wealthy, at least, are going to have to go up. the president has another rock-hard bottom line. that's an increase in the u.s. debt limit, as well. >> reporter: that's right. republicans even top republicans, say the tax rates are going to almost certainly go up. but on this question of the debt ceiling, the government reaches the limit of how much money it can borrow in february. republicans say they will exact a price for that. they want spending cuts, if they can't get exchange for the tax increases. they will raise the debt ceiling.
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Dec 9, 2012 5:00pm PST
comes to the fiscal cliff threatening our economy and threatening jobs, the white house has wasted another week. >> democrats show no signs of backing off from supporting the president's hard-line stance on raising the incomes tax rate for the rich. >> we democrats realize there have to about two sides to the bargain, but in 2011 we put both revenues and cuts on the table. >> but one republican senator revealed this week that tax increases might help solve america's debt crisis. so far the g.o.p. has stood imeps raising taxes. >> what we ought to be working on is the other 93%, because if you want to do what he wants on tax rates, you affect% of the deficit. we have spent ourselves into a hole and we're not going to raise taxes and borrow money and get out of it. so, will i accept a tax increase as a part of a deal to actually solve our problems? yes. ago am -- >> ama: the federal government is planning for the possibility of cuts. the white house ordered the military to plan on slashing 500 billion from the military, and funding for schools well be cut 8.2%. some outside a void the cliff including eliminating the tax deduction for charitable donations and home owners will not be able to deduct their interest, and t
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Dec 12, 2012 7:00am PST
, he remains optimistic. >> are we going to go over the fiscal cliff? >> i'm pretty confident that republicans would not hold middle-class taxes hostage to try to protect taxes for high-income individuals. >> reporter: the president and house speaker john boehner are at least talking. the president made an offer monday, asking for $1.4 trillion in new taxes over ten years. including raising tax rates on the wealthy. the speaker counter on tuesday. offering $800 billion in new tax revenue, all from closing loopholes and limiting deductions. house republicans say they need more specificity from the president on spending cuts. >> where are the president's spending cuts? the longer the white house walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: and the president argues that he outlined spending cuts in his last budget proposal, more than $550 billion worth. they're still on the table. negotiations will continue later today. josh? >> as that cliff looms. jake tapper, thank you for that. >>> meanwhile, calling it a big step, president obama has announced the u.s. will recognize syria's main opposition group
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Dec 7, 2012 4:30am PST
cliff. -- >> reporter: >> the president: it is important we get this done now. >> reporter: in washington republicans and democrats are talking, no breakthrough locked in a stalemate. president obama demanding higher tax rates for the wealthy and permanent extension of the debt ceiling be part of a deal. >> he showed what is he is after is assuming unprecedented power without limit. >> reporter: republicans say they will only raise tax revenue in exchange for deep spending cuts. if washington can't strike a deal one casualty would be the end of compensation for long term unemployed, people like melinda worried. >> christmas and things of that nature probably off the table. >> reporter: aides met yesterday but no signs of progress. tahman bradley, abc7 news. >>> if you park at a bart station while riding the trains get ready for potential hike in fees by 50 cents twice a year at high volume lots. it would cap the increases to $3 a day. currently commuters shell out a dollar. west oakland costs five. bart makes 15 million dollars a year in parking fees, an increase could mean extra five million dollars annually. >>> muni offering riders a holiday gift, free rides only good on december 28th, the 100th annivers
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Dec 10, 2012 4:00pm PST
site through december 18th. >> there is some signs today prof gres in the fiscal cliff negotiations. the president still says he won't compromise on demands that the wealthyest americans pay more in tax autos he's not criticizing republicans, either. that is a possible indication that private tuck talk was republican leaders are going along okay. >> move on.org is hosting rallies and pushing for an end to those cuts. abc 7 news is at one of them right now. >> this rally supposed to begin at 4:00 this afternoon. they're slow getting started. there is a couple dozen people here this, he say they're expecting about 400 by later tonight. there were rallies like this around the bay area today in walnut creek and into oakland. outside of the social security administration office a crowd of 50 listened to speakers calling on congress to quote do the right thing. >> tax the super rich. protect the middle class. >> they added don't do anything to cut social security or#'6qp medicare or medicaid. >> i tell you, i'm going back to washington, d.c. tomorrow to continue to fight for this fight. and you have the resistance movement in the congress. i want you to know. aoñóv resistance movement. >> oak
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Dec 7, 2012 4:00am PST
about the fiscal cliff. >> it's very important we get it done now. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are talking again. but still, no breakthrough. the parties are locked in a stalemate. president obama is demanding that higher tax rates for the wealthy and a permanent extension of the debt ceiling, the government's ability to borrow money, be part of the deal. >> he's assuming unprecedented power to spend taxpayer dollars out any limit at all. >> reporter: republicans who say they're open to raising tax revenue say they will only do so in exchange for deep spending cuts. if washington can't strike a deal, one casualty will be compensation for the long-term unemployed. that means people like linda vega, are worried. >> christmas and things of that nature are probably off the table. >> reporter: aides to president obama and speaker boehner met yesterday afternoon. but that meeting ended with no discernible signs of progress. rob and paula? >> thanks, tahman. >>> once the numbers are all tallied, they're going to show that the 2012 presidential election was the most expensive in history. campaign finance statements put the total cost at well above $2 billion. virtually split down the middle between president obama and m
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Dec 9, 2012 5:00am PST
fighting racist white rulers. >>> the stalemate over the fiscal cliff-hanger is the topic this morning on abc's" this week." they discuss another week of talks but failed to reach a compromise in tax cuts. huge cuts and increases kick in the 1st of the year if they don't make a deal. don't nice at 8:00 this morning on abc7. right here right now is meteorologist lisa argen with a preview of the accuweather forecast. >> we do have a veil of some higher clouds out there. we are seeing less fog, as well. temperatures mainly in the 40s. we will talk about how much sun if we are going to see the warmup, how long it will last, that's straight ahead. >> and there's another ♪ [ female announcer ] nature exists on the grandest scale... ♪ ...and in the tiniest details. ♪ and sometimes both. nature valley granola thins pack the big taste of granola and dark chocolate into one perfect square, under 100 calories. nature valley granola thins. nature at its most delicious. >> welcome back, everyone. thanks for getting up early and watching the abc sunday morning news. here's a live look at the golden gate bridge. today on either side of the span, the immediate side of the span, it will number th
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Dec 9, 2012 6:00am PST
. >>> the stalemate over the fiscal cliff-hanger is the topic this morning on abc's" "this week." they will discuss another week of talks that failed to reach a compromise in tax cuts. huge cuts and increases kick in the 1st of the year if they don't make a deal. don't nice at 8:00 this morning on abc7. >> my friend, meteorologist lisa argen, is here now talking about nice weather if you like it sunny and mild. >> we are seeing changes this morning, and those are point to go a warmer atmosphere. right now looking outside from our roof camera, the winds are light, but those winds will warm us up today. high pressure is building in. it's in the 50s at the coast, 30s in the valleys. i'll talk about how warm it is going to get and when we will see a return to winter. that's coming up. >> thank you, lisa. also ahead, dela salle puts yet another trophy in the high >> welcome back, everyone. this is live look from our sutro cam showing you the lights of the city. everything twinkling and sparkling, looking good. last time this week we were getting pounded by rain. nothing like that in the forecast for today. live doppler 7hd is quiet, according to our meteorologist lisa a
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Dec 11, 2012 7:00am PST
bickering in d.c. push the country over the fiscal cliff. he'll be fine either way. but we're not so sure about that worker caught on tape celebrating in a maryland gas station. remember him? everyone thought he had the winning ticket. it turns out, he didn't have the goods. mr. good did. for "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, dallas. >> had some fun with that. gets to pay those taxes, huh? >> would you -- arizona does not require you to reveal yourself. would you? >> no. >> would you stay anonymous? >> yes. >> i would. >> we have to move on. there's no way any of you could be anonymous if you won. forget about it. >> all right. >>> neither can these dogs right here. we showed you these dogs last week, learning to drive. that was hard enough to believe. but they have taken to the racetrack, all to encourage more people to adopt rescue dogs. abc's nick watt went along for the amazing ride. >> reporter: this could be the beginning of the end for human kind. until now, we were the only species to have ever driven a car. that's porter, a bearded collie. driving around a racetr
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Dec 6, 2012 5:00am PST
u.s. economy goes over the fiscal cliff. survey says 1 1/2 million americans could lose jobs if lawmakers fail to come to agreement automatic spending cuts and tax increases are triggered inside. nationwide insurance warning computer network hacked names, birth dates, social security and driver licenses numbers likely stolen nationwide is apologizing and offering identity theft profession for years. hostess may have a buyer for its wonder bread bran. even with the sale, it could take -- take months before the bread brand wraps up again. >>> estimated 300 million dollar magic kingdom make overincludes pagers so and serving beer and wine themó?5to past five years. >>> abc7 is owned by disney. >>> big change that could be coming to storm warnings because of superstorm san >> dispute forcing bay area -- >>> welcome back. check out last three hours on live doppler, quiet radar returns over the ocean is the beam shooting into the clouds nothing is talling but moist with mist hanging in the -- nothing is falling but moist with the mist hanging in the air clouds 900 feet you may be driving through and may use wipers once or twice. low to mid 60s in the afternoo
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Dec 5, 2012 5:00am PST
over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. currently no plans for congressional leaders to meet with the president at the white house. if no deal is reaped by year's end everyone's taxes will go up and massive cuts will take place, affecting defense and social spending. >>> when we came in this morning, just mist and drizzle. >> i hardly had to use my wipers. that is changing for a lot of folks. >> it is. right now as you look at our roof cam, nice batch of light to moderate rain falling now over the embarcadero. not so heavy we can see the ferry building and the bay bridge enough that it is causing ponding on the embarcadero this morning that's what most of us are going to run into especially east bay highway 4 connects to 680 south of vine hill coming into concord pleasanton down to walnut creek latest update light to moderate rain especially overconcord and pleasant hill highway 4 bay point, pittsburg, antioch highway 4 commute which is usually treacherous any way is going to be wet. heavy rain starting towards san rafael, larkspur, mill valley, tiburon, sausalito and belvedere you will see your rain increase the next five to 10 minutes. offshore more powerful radar ret
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Dec 13, 2012 1:40am PST
capitol hill, where the fiscal cliff is just 19 days away. the political negotiations between the president and gop is painstakingly slow. and the taxing situation is already having an impact on the economy and our news cast, because it continues to dominate. we wish it weren't so. >> i think until new year's eve on the 31st, it's going to dominate everybody's newscast, unfortunately here. compromise ain't easy. >>> also this morning, reliving a disaster. who has rebuilt the hindenberg blimp and set it on fire? we all have the opportunity right now to watch and to learn. >>> and later this half hour, the star-studded 12-12-12 concert here in new york that lasted about 12 hours. the memorable performances, the incredible talent, and the money raised for hurricane sandy survivors. >> i saw some incredible stats. the big concert they did after 9/11 had raised, like, $33 million. i think they had almost raised as much, if not a little bit more than that, before this concert tonight. so hopefully it's gone a long way to help folks in the northeast who still need the help. it's going to be a rough holiday for a lot of people. so thank you. apparently
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